Microsoft Word 2013 – Remove Markup Area

In my previous post, I have encounters a problem in Microsoft Word 2013 where the markup area (a huge blank space on the right hand side which is colored in light silver / gray color) keep on pop-up whenever I tries to print my word document or I save my document to PDF format. Instead hiding it every time whenever I tries to print the document, I have found a way to completely remove it.


How Does This Happen

First, how does this happen? It is probably you or some one had added a comment in your word document but you didn’t realize about it. User can add comment on document by simply right click and select New Comment. Since it is pretty simple, you might accidentally click on it without realize it.


Solution to Remove The Markup Area

Step 1: Open the word document which have this kind of problem. Goto Review tab on top.


Step 2: Make sure the All Markup is selected in the Tracking menu. Now, click the Next button in the Changes menu.


Step 3: Now the word should show your the comment which you or some one added in the document.


Step 4: Right-click on the comment and select Delete Comment in order to delete the comment.


Step 5: Repeat Step 2 to Step 4 until all comments are deleted.


Step 6: Remember to save your word document. By default, the markup area will be hidden when you open it the next time.


Hope this small tips can help you get rip of the trouble whenever you print your word documents, especially those documents which require a lot of editing like research thesis.


By Ooi Keng Siang via Ooiks’s Blog

88 thoughts on “Microsoft Word 2013 – Remove Markup Area

  1. yeah but what if you want to print it, without the markup… but keep all the markup? i can’t figure it out. specifically, i want to “Share” email via PDF


  2. I’d like to change the color of the markup area so that is white instead of gray. Hot to do that? (With gray markup area you waste a lot of printer toner, especially if the document has many pages.)


  3. You are a genius! I spent a good 10-15 hours of my life trying to fix this malevolent track-changes plague on my novel in progress. It has literally been driving me crazy for 2-3 weeks now. I can’t thank you enough. I wish you and your family all health, happiness and prosperity.


  4. Thank you so much for posting these guidelines. This markup area was mystifying to me until I read your post. The fix for me was a bit different. I selected “Show Markup”; this gave me a drop down menu with several options including “Markup Area Highlight”. I unchecked this and the markup area vanished. Sigh … 🙂


  5. Select Review, and then find/select something similar to mu 2010 That says (In the Track Changes area) “Final” – My options are Final, “Show Markup” / Final (The changed version which doesn’t show or print any of the markup) / Original “Show Markup” / Original (which also doesn’t show or print the markup & is the original version) I don’t know the 2013 options that are comparable.


  6. The final way that saves it without markups & tracking changes: In the Review tab go to either Accept or Reject and either Accepts all or in Reject, Reject all. Or I suppose the slow way of accepting and/or rejecting the changes one at a time.


  7. I went from XP to Win 8.1 (thought 7 was bad) and Office 2013 and have found so many issues and Google always brings me to brilliant people like you who share your knowledge. I always share if I find something helpful. However I am usually the one googling for the fix. Thank you all so much. You make the world a much better place! 🙂



  8. You are awesome! I was so afraid I was going to have to start over. I would never have figured it out on my own. Keep up the good work. Thank you!!!!!!


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